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GET TO KNOW ME...

​"I care about my clients wellbeing. I believe in being an open book about what I can and cannot do. I believe in scope of practice. In this modern world we live in, it is hard to trust who is in fact qualified in what they sell. By sharing my credentials I allow YOU to decide if I am qualified enough to care for you in your journey".

Kate Brinch Sand CMT

Certified Massage Therapist

Certified Thai Massage Therapist & Teacher

Pregnancy & Postpartum Wellness Professional & Educator 

Rebozo Bodyworker

Certified Ayurvedic Wellness Coach (Ayurvedic Health Counselor in Training)

WHAT I DO

I work with women through therapeutic & traditional forms of massage and bodywork, as well as guidance through life transitions & the time in between. 

I am specialized in Women's Wellness & Female Transitions because as a 45 year old, a mother and an expat I can relate to the impact of consistent change. 

I work to promote bodywork as an essential aspect of health, & transitional wellness as the keystone for womanhood & motherhood health long term.

I hold a dual certification as a US trained Massage Therapist and a Thai Massage Therapist and TeacI believe in continuous education & have completed specializations in Pregnancy, Postpartum, Rebozo & Ayurvedic Massage; re-certifications in Thai Massage & High Risk Stretching techniques; as well as trainings in Abdominal Massage & Massage for Menopause, Hot Stones & Spa treatments in countries including Mexico, US, Bali, India & Australia.

In 2017 I began the journey into motherhood care provider professional education training with CBI as a breastfeeding counselor I have since certified as a baby wearing consultant (2018); as a postpartum professional with Newborn Mothers (2020); postpartum professional & educator with Innate Postpartum (2021); Pam England’s Birth Story Medicine method (2021). I am currently working on a Pregnancy and Pelvic Floor Trainer certification through FISIOM. 

A complete list of my certifications can be found below or you may read my full CV here. 

Inspiration & Philosophy

Because of my own age & stage in this journey called life, I have gone through several transitions in the last few years, especially since moving to Norway & particularly while experiencing later motherhood & the consequential blurry lines between postpartum & early peri-menopause. Finding my footing as a professional in Oslo, in a time of so much focus on social media, has meant many moments of doubt, professional challenges & a lot of reinventing moments. 

This has only opened up space for more growth & expansion.

By going within myself to find balance, I found wisdom I didn't think I could ever apply to myself. The wisdom I have experienced in the last few years has given me the tools needed to move my practice forward

Early in 2023 I made the decision to leave the work as a "doula" & "babywearing consultant" behind to focus my energy & attention into bodywork, & the work of guidance & awareness of female wellness who, like me, have experienced the challenges of convoluted transitions, stress, expat life & the woman/mother experience after forty with little support & even less self accountability. 

The vision I share, the work I do, the words I write reflect my experience into & through the journey of life; how I have dealt (or not) with life's surprises; what has failed me; what wisdom has lifted me up. I invite those who feel equally inspired to explore with me, & those who aren't truly called by what I have to offer, to take with the that which works & leave behind that which doesn't.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm the only certified massage therapist/teacher in Oslo holding two international massage certifications; a specialization in Pregnancy & Postpartum Massage & Bodywork with Eastern & Western techniques; professional education in pregnancy, postpartum physiological care, babywearing, breastfeeding & birth story processing; certifications in the traditional  arts of Ayurveda, Rebozo and Asian bodywork.

I thrive on helping women fulfill their self nourishment needs through warming & restorative bodywork & therapeutic massage specifically designed for the stage or transition they are in; as well as in supporting women in finding their way through intuitive awareness; and holding space for those who, like me, are exploring wellness & the world within themselves in times of transition & the times in between. 
 

 

Welcome to The Milk & Oil Co. 

Quick Facts About Me

  • I was born and raised in Mexico City to bicultural parents (Mexico/USA).

  • I lived between Asia and North America between 2005-2010 working with massage & learning new skills everywhere I went. 

  • In 2010 I moved to Thailand to do a Master's Degree in South East Asia Studies with a specialization in Feminism and Literature.

  • I lived and worked in Bangkok until 2017.

  • My first son was born in Bangkok & my second one in Oslo.

  • I moved to Oslo, Norway in 2017

  • I speak English, Spanish, Norwegian and can communicate in French and Italian.

  • I learned Thai language and script during my years in Thailand.

  • Bangkok will forever be the place I consider my chosen home.

  • My hobby is to practice Thai script and build Lego.

Quick Facts About my Work 

  • My work is aimed at all women but I do hold particular focus on women over 40, mothers, expat women.

  • I have over 18 years of experience & training in Massage Therapy.

  • I am a dual certified therapist in USA & Thailand and hold certifications in Easter and Western Techniques.

  • I am a certified massage teacher.

  • I have worked in the Spa Industry; alongside a Chiropractor in the US; and mostly as an independent massage therapist working with women.

  • I currently offer sessions as an independent therapist and wellness guide and I work as a therapist for a well known clinic in Oslo.

  • Since May 2022 I am in-house therapist at a large company in Oslo.

  • In 2017 I got into motherhood wellness through breastfeeding counseling. 

The pillars of my work are the wisdom of intention, intuitive awareness, surrender & accountability.  

I am inspired by the notion of sleep, self nourishment, periods of female transition & traditional care for the womanhood & motherhood journeys.  

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Professional Certifications and Other Credentials

MASSAGE THERAPY AND BODYWORK PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

Ongoing - Pregnancy and Pelvic Floor Certification / FISIOM
2022 - Thai Massage Re-Certification & L5 Certification for GCT-600 Teachers/ TMC Thailand
2020 - Postnatal Massage Training / Pregnancy Massage Australia
2009 - Thai Massage for CEU's / Margie Meshew USA
2007 - High Risk Stretching Review (12hrs) / TMC Thailand, Chiang Mai
2006 - Massage Therapy Certification (500hrs) + (NCBTMB examination), Palm Beach Academy - USA
​2005 - Thai Massage GCT Teacher & Therapist Certification (600hrs) / TMC Thailand - Chiang Mai, Recognized by the Thai Ministry of Education.

MASSAGE THERAPY CEU's, NON PROFESSIONAL TRAININGS & SYMPOSIUMS

2021 - Masaje con Rebozo, Instituto Acahulacamericano
2021 - Free The Belly CE Course, Nurturance ​
2021 - Wise Woman Menopause Massage CE Course, Nurturing the Mother 
2020 - Pregnancy Massage CE Course (12hs) Axelsons, Norway​
2006 - Bodywork & Natural Skin Treatments Training (30hrs) Jamu Spa School, Bali
2006 - Body Treatments Training (6hrs) Palm Beach Academy USA
2005 - Indian Ayurvedic Massage Training (30hrs) Varanasi, India
​2005 - Swedish Thai Massage Training (30 hrs) Koh Phangan, Thailand 

HOLISTIC WELLNESS CERTIFICATIONS

Ongoing - Ayurvedic Health Counselor (300hrs) / Shakti School
2023 - Ayurvedic Wellness Coach (300hrs) / Shakti School 

POSTPARTUM PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

2021 - Birth Story Listener (P1-3), Birth Story Medicine​
2021 - Innate Postpartum Care Certified Provider, Innate Traditions​​
2020 - Postpartum Professional Certification, Newborn Mothers Collective​
2019 - Babywearing Consultant Certification, Slingababy, Oslo ​/ In process, Breastfeeding Counselor, CBI

POSTPARTUM CARE PROVIDER CEU'S, NON PROFESSIONAL TRAININGS & SYMPOSIUMS

2020 - Physiologic Baby Care, Innate Traditions
2019 - Postnatal Recovery Massage, Sophie Messager & Osteopath Teddy Brooks, Cambridge, UK​
2019 - Closing The Bones, Sophie Messager, Cambridge, UK

ACTIVE MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS

Norges Massasjeforbund (search Kate Brinch Sand here)

Innate Postpartum Practitioner 

TMC Affiliate Teacher

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